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Post by Chris Aguilar » 2 years ago

I just bought my wife one of those "2 in 1" laptops that doubles as a large(15.6 inch) tablet and found that reading PDFs of magic books, purchased from L&L ,to be a really pleasant experience on the larger screen.
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I finally broken down awhile back and got the Kindle Voyage while it was on sale (so like $18.00 more than the Paperwhite I was thinking about for so long). I'm almost entirely in love with the thing. Largely because it's got me reading a lot more. The form factor is just amazing, and the adaptive screen lighting is amazing, from sitting in my car in bright sunlight to a completely dark room.

I've been reading a bunch of ebooks on on modern horror films.
Modern Horrors

Horror Movie A Day

I'm really disappointed in the "experimental" web browser, which since the thing runs LInux, should do a better job rendering pages, but i assume it sucks so badly because the screen is so slow. And the interface could be better, but you can't beat the reading experience.
I thought I'd bump this thread, for a couple of reasons:
1. Amazon has released version 2 of the Kindle Oasis. It's waterproof to twice the depth of my bathtub, so Penn's point is moot now.
2. As of Dec. 25th, I have a surplus Kindle Voyage that has never left my house. Best offer over $150.00 gets it.
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Post by Jeff Haas » 1 year ago

I got a Kindle Voyager last year and agree with all of the above - I have stopped buying fiction and other read-once books. Also, it turns out that you can get ebooks from other places than the Amazon store and load them onto the Kindle via an open source app named Calibre:
https://calibre-ebook.com/

It recognizes the type of Kindle attached and can convert the ebook into a Kindle format automatically, if needed. There was a period that Amazon had dropped one of the publishers due to some disagreement over royalties, which meant that the authors were not getting their books listed on the Kindle. Once you know you can get ebooks from other stores and use Calibre, then the Kindle becomes a really nice e-reader without limitations. I think Calibre may work for a Nook, too, but I don't have one of those.
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Post by Bill Duncan » 1 year ago

I've had mixed results with Calibre' The UI is far from intuitive.

Still, it's certainly worth the few minutes it takes to download.
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The one thing I did is install one of their alternate icon sets. The defaults in Calibre are ugly, but the user-supplied ones are inspired by various OS looks out there and some are really nice.

All I ever do is add a book to the library, plug the Kindle in and sync. Ignore all the other options.
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Post by Chris Aguilar » 1 year ago

We are now a "two Kindle family" (my wife and I) with my daughter using my old B&N Nook. I've been using Calibre for years and when I got my new Kindle last year, I converted many (thousands) of pre-existing .epub files over to .mobi format (Kindle) with no muss/no fuss. You can also set the program to search for covers, metadata, etc. automatically and it does a great job with that too.

The paperwhite model hit the sweet for us as it's high resolution (300 dpi), has a really nice built in glowing screen, is lightweight, syncs easily with calibre, and and be had (when it's on sale) for about a hundred bucks.

Our local library now has an excellent selection (including pretty much all new bestsellers) and a robust checkout/waitlist system that works seamlessly with the kindle. If your tablet supports overdrive (the cloud borrowing solution) you can also check out color magazines and (joy!) full graphic novels that are designed to be readable even on smaller (7 inch) tablets.

I use the kindle or kindle app, every single day.

Bill's price of $150 for his Oasis is a great deal and I'd be tempted if I weren't already happy with the paperwhite.
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Post by Bill Duncan » 1 year ago

Voyage. The Oasis is the foolishly expensive one...

I tell everyone to ignore the cheap one, and go for 300 dpi. The adaptive backlight is damn nice too.
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Voyage. The Oasis is the foolishly expensive one...

I tell everyone to ignore the cheap one, and go for 300 dpi. The adaptive backlight is damn nice too.
My wife had to get used to the Kindle Paperwhite (she wore out her nook simple touch) but now she loves it. Some reviews of the 300 dpi Kindles said they couldn't see the difference, but the sharpness (in combination with the backlight) is really evident to me. Love that the backlight has like 20+ settings so you can get it just right.
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Voyage. The Oasis is the foolishly expensive one...

I tell everyone to ignore the cheap one, and go for 300 dpi. The adaptive backlight is damn nice too.
My Daughter (soon to be ten years old) really wants the backlighted Paperwhite Kindle too.

However, from past recent history, I know she'll use it to read after her set "lights out", sleepy time...
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Post by Chris Aguilar » 7 months ago

Amazon is updating their cheaper Paperwhite Kindles to more closely resemble the very pricey Voyage model. I won't update until my current kindle dies, but I imagine some folks will really dig the waterproofing at such a low price point. Extra memory and built in bluetooth for audiobooks is kind of neat.
But all in all, Amazon has essentially turned the new Paperwhite into a waterproof, updated Voyage. Where the old Voyage used to cost $200, the new Paperwhite starts at just $129.99 for the 8GB, Wi-Fi model (which is $10 more than the old Paperwhite used to cost). In addition to the $129.99 8GB model, there’s also a $159.99 32GB version and a $249.99 32GB option with included 3G.
Already available to pre-order.
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Post by Bill Duncan » 3 months ago

And now I have a used Oasis (9th Generation) I'm thinking of selling. I have 3 Kindles now and I don't really need all of them.

Anyone interested in a lightly used 7" Kindle drop me a PM.
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Post by Chris Aguilar » 3 months ago

How is the flush screen on the newer kindles? Does it really make much of a difference?
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Post by Chris Aguilar » 3 months ago

Speaking of Kindles, we now have three. My wife and I each have the paperwhite (lights up for night reading) and we bought our little Zoe (now 11 and not so little) the cheaper not illuminated version to keep her from reading after bedtime.

Our local library has a huge e-books selection, so we save a lot of money that way. And it's nice that their system punches out directly to the kindle for fairly friction-less borrowing.

Without doubt, some of my favorite purchases ever. We all use them pretty much every day, though my current reading time is so limited that I'm trying to read shorter novels (More Jim Thompson, less Stephen King)
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Post by Bill Duncan » 3 months ago

I don't really think the flush screen makes a big difference, but since it's only the Oasis, and not the Voyage, it's hard for me to say with authority. The surprise for me was how much having an "actual" Kindle changed things compared to using the reader on my iPad or phone.

The biggest difference I notice is the size of the Oasis' screen compared to standard sized e-books. Plus, the thick/thin design is pretty cool. But counting my iOS devices I have six "Kindles" right now and I only use two of them everyday.
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Post by Chris Aguilar » 3 months ago

I will occasionally read via the Kindle app on my MS surface go (awesome little machine) or even phone sometimes, but the experience just kind of sucks compared to the actual kindle.

The only exception is reading magazines and comic books (color!)
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